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Bernie Sanders Returns to Michigan, Campaigns for Clinton

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US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) campaigns for Hillary Clinton on the campus of Michigan State University on Thursday, October 6.

US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) campaigns for Hillary Clinton on the campus of Michigan State University on Thursday, October 6.

Photo Credit: Andrew Roth

Photo Credit: Andrew Roth

US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) campaigns for Hillary Clinton on the campus of Michigan State University on Thursday, October 6.

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Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) returned to Michigan on Thursday, October 6 for the first time since narrowly winning the state’s March primary. Speaking to an audience of around 250 students at Michigan State University – considerably fewer than his visit to the campus as a presidential candidate – the Senator made the case for electing his former primary challenger Secretary Hillary Clinton.

US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) campaigns for Hillary Clinton on the campus of Michigan State University on Thursday, October 6.

Photo Credit: Andrew Roth
US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) campaigns for Hillary Clinton on the campus of Michigan State University on Thursday, October 6.

“We have come a long way in fighting racism, sexism, homophobia,” Sanders said in his thirteen minute speech, which was cut short due to heavy rainfall. “But today we have one huge struggle in front of us, and that is the economic struggle. That means that we should not be living in a nation which has more wealth and income inequality than any other major country on Earth.”

Similarly to his primaries stump speech, Sanders focused primarily on income inequality and college education.

“Secretary Clinton and I believe that we need the best-educated workforce in the world,” the Senator said. “We believe that you are the future of this country. And we believe that it’s absolutely absurd that hundreds of thousands of bright, young people cannot go to college for one reason – their families lack the money. We also believe that it is totally crazy that millions of people have left college deeply in debt, and they are paying off that debt for decades.”

US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) campaigns for Hillary Clinton on the campus of Michigan State University on Thursday, October 6.

Photo Credit: Andrew Roth
US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) campaigns for Hillary Clinton on the campus of Michigan State University on Thursday, October 6.

Sanders spoke briefly about Clinton’s opponent, Republican Donald Trump, as well.

“Our job is to bring people together, not to allow Trump to dive us up,” Sanders said. “We shouldbe proud as a nation of our diversity. That’s how we are strong.”

Senator Sanders also campaigned for Clinton in Dearborn, Ann Arbor, and Grand Rapids on Thursday, and conducted interviews with several local media outlets including the Detroit Free Press and WEYI.

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